Proposals to reform urgent and emergency care services at Weston General Hospital, as part of the ‘Healthy Weston’ programme to enhance and transform healthcare services in Weston and the surrounding area, will proceed to full public consultation the Governing Body of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed on 5 February.
Governing Body members approved plans to formally consult on three specific proposals for changes to services at Weston Hospital focused on urgent and emergency care provision, critical care and emergency surgery.
The 14-week consultation will launch on 13 February, when members of the public will also be invited to share their views on a range of related proposals for service improvements in the Weston and Worle area. These include developing an acute frailty service to enhance the care of older adults; developing an improved mental health service including new crisis support provision in the centre of Weston; and extending coverage for children’s urgent and emergency care from five to seven days a week.
CCG Medical Director and local GP, Dr Martin Jones, said:
We need a genuine 21st Century service that meets the needs of our patients now and in the future, and we believe our proposals will achieve that. These proposals are the outcome of an 18-month programme of work which has involved thousands of individual patients, staff and members of the public in Weston and the surrounding areas. We’ve very grateful to everyone who has worked with us get to this point and I urge everyone with an interest to get involved once the consultation launches, by sharing their views and feedback with us.
The consultation will run from 13 February until 24 May.